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From the Ted Talk by Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

Unscramble the Blue Letters

They are competing in a naked biyccle race, and they are headed straight for your front door. I need you to actually see this. They are pleiandg really hard, they're sweaty, they're bouncing around a lot. And they crash straight into the front door of your home. Bicycles fly everywhere, weehls roll past you, spokes end up in awkward places. Step over the tehslrohd of your door into your foyer, your hallway, whatever's on the other side, and appreciate the quality of the light. The lihgt is shining down on Cookie Monster. cokoie Monster is wanvig at you from his perch on top of a tan horse. It's a talking horse. You can practically feel his blue fur tickling your nose. You can smell the oatmeal raisin cookie that he's about to shovel into his mouth. Walk past him. Walk past him into your living room. In your lvinig room, in full itmngiaaive broadband, puictre Britney srapes. She is scantily clad, she's dancing on your coffee table, and she's singing "Hit Me Baby One More Time." And then, follow me into your kitchen. In your ktchien, the folor has been pevad over with a yellow brick road, and out of your oven are coming towards you Dorothy, the Tin Man, the sacroercw and the Lion from "The Wizard of Oz," hand-in-hand, skipping straight towards you.

Open Cloze

They are competing in a naked _______ race, and they are headed straight for your front door. I need you to actually see this. They are ________ really hard, they're sweaty, they're bouncing around a lot. And they crash straight into the front door of your home. Bicycles fly everywhere, ______ roll past you, spokes end up in awkward places. Step over the _________ of your door into your foyer, your hallway, whatever's on the other side, and appreciate the quality of the light. The _____ is shining down on Cookie Monster. ______ Monster is ______ at you from his perch on top of a tan horse. It's a talking horse. You can practically feel his blue fur tickling your nose. You can smell the oatmeal raisin cookie that he's about to shovel into his mouth. Walk past him. Walk past him into your living room. In your ______ room, in full ___________ broadband, _______ Britney ______. She is scantily clad, she's dancing on your coffee table, and she's singing "Hit Me Baby One More Time." And then, follow me into your kitchen. In your _______, the _____ has been _____ over with a yellow brick road, and out of your oven are coming towards you Dorothy, the Tin Man, the _________ and the Lion from "The Wizard of Oz," hand-in-hand, skipping straight towards you.

Solution

  1. scarecrow
  2. floor
  3. spears
  4. waving
  5. threshold
  6. kitchen
  7. paved
  8. living
  9. pedaling
  10. light
  11. wheels
  12. cookie
  13. picture
  14. imaginative
  15. bicycle

Original Text

They are competing in a naked bicycle race, and they are headed straight for your front door. I need you to actually see this. They are pedaling really hard, they're sweaty, they're bouncing around a lot. And they crash straight into the front door of your home. Bicycles fly everywhere, wheels roll past you, spokes end up in awkward places. Step over the threshold of your door into your foyer, your hallway, whatever's on the other side, and appreciate the quality of the light. The light is shining down on Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster is waving at you from his perch on top of a tan horse. It's a talking horse. You can practically feel his blue fur tickling your nose. You can smell the oatmeal raisin cookie that he's about to shovel into his mouth. Walk past him. Walk past him into your living room. In your living room, in full imaginative broadband, picture Britney Spears. She is scantily clad, she's dancing on your coffee table, and she's singing "Hit Me Baby One More Time." And then, follow me into your kitchen. In your kitchen, the floor has been paved over with a yellow brick road, and out of your oven are coming towards you Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion from "The Wizard of Oz," hand-in-hand, skipping straight towards you.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
front door 4
playing cards 4
cookie monster 3
britney spears 3
memory champions 3
tan horse 2
bizarre contest 2
shuffled pack 2
guy called 2
average memory 2
strange journey 2
memory contest 2
remembering stuff 2
entire art 2
memory palace 2
great memories 2

Important Words

  1. awkward
  2. baby
  3. bicycle
  4. bicycles
  5. blue
  6. bouncing
  7. brick
  8. britney
  9. broadband
  10. clad
  11. coffee
  12. coming
  13. competing
  14. cookie
  15. crash
  16. dancing
  17. door
  18. dorothy
  19. feel
  20. floor
  21. fly
  22. follow
  23. foyer
  24. front
  25. full
  26. fur
  27. hallway
  28. hard
  29. headed
  30. home
  31. horse
  32. imaginative
  33. kitchen
  34. light
  35. lion
  36. living
  37. lot
  38. man
  39. monster
  40. mouth
  41. naked
  42. nose
  43. oatmeal
  44. oven
  45. oz
  46. paved
  47. pedaling
  48. perch
  49. picture
  50. places
  51. practically
  52. quality
  53. race
  54. raisin
  55. road
  56. roll
  57. room
  58. scantily
  59. scarecrow
  60. shining
  61. shovel
  62. side
  63. singing
  64. skipping
  65. smell
  66. spears
  67. spokes
  68. step
  69. straight
  70. sweaty
  71. table
  72. talking
  73. tan
  74. threshold
  75. tickling
  76. time
  77. tin
  78. top
  79. walk
  80. waving
  81. wheels
  82. wizard
  83. yellow